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Hot Sheet: Weirdos of WonderCon, Lizzie Borden, and a Deadly STD

Hot Sheet: Weirdos of WonderCon, Lizzie Borden, and a Deadly STD


The upcoming week's entertainment lineup includes a gay nerd convention and a horror film that turns the joy of sex into a nightmare.

Hs20150403-10_09. MUSIC: What For?,Toro y Moi
South Carolina native Chaz Bundick is Toro y Moi, a celebrated indie musician known for his "chillwave" sound. If you haven't heard the ambient sounds of Toro y Moi -- which released two full albums and puts out a third, What For?, on Tuesday -- it's perfect music for working, cleaning, or sexy time. If you like what you hear, you can try to catch Chaz next week (and the week after) when he performs at the Coachella music and arts festival near Palm Springs, Calif. -- Neal Broverman

Hs20150403-09_08. EVENT: WonderCon Anaheim
Lovers of superheroes, science fiction, fantasy, and more descend on Anaheim, Calif., this weekend for WonderCon. It offers panels, film and TV screenings, parties, and ample opportunities to meet fellow geeks. LGBT-focused events include the panels "It's a Queer, Queer World," tonight at 7 and featuring Batwoman writer Marc Andreyko, Wuvable Oaf creator Ed Luce, and others, and "Queer Imagery in Animation," set for Sunday at 3 p.m., with GLAAD's Matt Kane and The Advocate's Diane Anderson-Minshall among the participants. Many of the other events on the jam-packed three-day schedule promise to be LGBT-inclusive. The most popular attractions likely will be preview screenings of The Flash and Gotham as well as the new movie Batman vs. Robin, but the convention looks to offer something for the inner geek in just about everyone. It runs through Sunday at the Anaheim Convention Center. -- Trudy Ring

Hs20150403-07_07. BOOK: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
In Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, a new novel by Becky Albertalli, the author imagines what it's like to be a 16-year-old boy who has his deepest secret revealed through the Internet. Simon, the book's protagonist, is outed and after getting blackmailed, then realizes he must be honest about his identity to both himself and his classmates. -- Yezmin Villarreal

Hs20150403-06_06. TV: The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
Fans of last year's Lifetime biopic Lizzie Borden Took an Ax will be glad to know that former teen icon Christina Ricci (The Addams Family, Casper, Sleepy Hollow, Monster) has returned to reprise her role as the macabre titular character in the follow-up series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles -- and the results look delightfully dark and entertaining. The new miniseries picks up where the 2014 filmed left off, chronicling Lizzie Borden's life after she was tried and acquitted for the 1892 murders of her father and stepmother by ax. Complete with plenty of scandals and love affairs, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles will make you realize why you fell in love with Christina Ricci in the first place. It premieres on Lifetime Sunday at 10 p.m. -- Raffy Ermac

Hs20150403-05_05. TV: Sinatra: All or Nothing at All
If you thought you knew all you needed to know about one of the world's most legendary crooners, then think again. In celebration of his 100th birthday, HBO produced a two-part documentary series on Ol' Blue Eyes, titled Sinatra: All or Nothing At All, which airs at 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Directed by Alex Gibney, the series is centered around Frank's 1971 retirement concert in Los Angeles and the big events in his life and career that made him one of the most successful entertainers in modern history. In assessments of the Sultan of Swoon, critic Terry Teachout put it best: "The word 'icon' is much overused, but if it applies to anybody in American popular culture, it is Frank Sinatra." -- Raffy Ermac

Hs20150403-04_04. DANCE: Color Me, Warhol
A Chorus Line as Andy Warhol would have envisioned it? That description alone makes Color Me, Warhol a must-see. Conceived, choreographed, and directed by Raja Feather Kelly, this world premiere dance-theater production features 15 dancers and draws on TV, movies, The Andy Warhol Diaries, and the performers' journal entries to bring Warhol's visuals to life. It opens next Friday, April 10, and runs for three weekends only at Dixon Place in New York City. Get more information here. -- Trudy Ring

Hs20150403-03_03. FILM: Furious 7
Furious 7, out now, features a performance from the late Paul Walker, one of the stars who made the original Fast and the Furious dynasty most famous. Bisexual Michelle Rodriguez also comes back as Letty in this car-driven thriller. -- Yezmin Villarreal

Hs20150403-02_02. TV: The Comedians
In an example of art imitating life, The Comedians stars Billy Crystal and Josh Gad (1600 Penn, Frozen) as, well, themselves -- comedians forced to star in a show together, because executives believe that neither could carry an audience on their own. In the vein of HBO's The Comeback or the excellent Doll & Em, the comedy is a behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment industry, lampooning the real-life characters who populate Hollywood both in front of and behind the camera. The comedic styles of Crystal and Gad, as the veteran funnyman and the up-and-comer, complement each other perfectly, and the show is rounded out by standout performances from MADtv's Stephnie Weir as his fretful producer, and newcomer Megan Ferguson as the production assistant. The Comedians premieres Thursday on FX. -- Daniel Reynolds

Hs20150403-01_01. FILM: It Follows
"It could look like someone you know or it could be a stranger in a crowd. Whatever helps it get close to you," a man tells Jay Height, the teenage heroine of It Follows, at the beginning of the raved-about new horror film by David Robert Mitchell. The man had just transmitted a curse to Jay through sex, and a monstrous being begins to follow her, intent on killing her. The only way to get rid of it? Have sex with someone else and pass it on. But even then, Jay isn't safe. If the monster succeeds in killing that person, the curse resets, and it will come after her again. It Follows is perhaps the Blair Witch Project of 2015 -- a low-budget, breakout hit that relies on good, old-fashioned scare tactics channeled from John Carpenter horror classics. Don't miss it. It's in wide release this weekend. -- Daniel Reynolds

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